Mayweather V Pacquiao Review
By TOM WATT on May 5th 2015
A few days on from the ‘Fight of The Century” and as the majority of the World return to not giving Boxing much attention the dust is still very much settling within the sport. Casual fans can expect to see their news-feeds on Social Media return to normality and the rest of us know we will not be hearing the end of the fallout with claims of injuries, sabotages and wrongly-filled out scorecards sure to dominate the horizon for weeks to come.
As far as the fight itself, things didn’t really go too far away from the script as far as a Floyd Mayweather fight is concerned - he out-boxed his opponent for 12 rounds and showed that even the best boxers in the World can’t hit what they can’t see. As with Canelo, De La Hoya, Mosley and many other before him (all who were meant to be the ones that could really push Mayweather to the limit), Manny Pacquiao was unable to adjust to the speed, timing and foot movement of the P4P King and saw his punch percentages drop to all-time lows.
Critics will say that the fight did not live up to the hype that preceded it and that is true in many respects. Where should that criticism be levelled though? Can one really blame Floyd Mayweather for staying out of range and not allowing his fast, aggressive opponent to load up on his shots? Can anyone blame Pacquiao for not being able to catch the World’s best defensive fighter cleanly round after round? - This was never going to be a fight that had the in-ring furore and ferocity that the likes of other classics such as Louis V Schmeling, Haggler V Hearns or Ali V Liston brought to the table - the makeup of the two fighters (Mayweather in particular) dictated this and it was always going to be more a game chess than chequers. The build up to this fight was about finally seeing if the Pac-Man could topple Mayweather more than it was about watching a classic fight.
That isn’t to say this wasn’t a ‘great fight’, what we all witnessed at the MGM Grand on 2nd May 2015 was an exhibition of the finer points in the sweet science. “Hit and don’t get hit” is the aim of the game and to that end there is nobody better in the sport than Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather in this era and quite possibly of any era in Boxing. Whether you are a fan or not, there can be no denying the skill that Mayweather exhibits when he steps between those ropes. Other than a few moments in rounds 4 and 6, ‘Money’ controlled the fight from start to finish, throwing more punches (435 to 429) and landing 67 more of those (148 to 81), an incredible punch connected ratio of 34% to Manny’s 19%. These stats were even more skewed to Mayweather in the Power Punch stats with Mayweather landing 67 (25%) to Pacquiao 18 (9%). The stats don’t lie and what these stats tell you is that on Saturday night there was only one winner.
Debate will rage on as to whether Pacquiao deserves a rematch, whether he should have been allowed his anti-inflammatory injection as previously agreed with USADA, whether the scorecards were filled out for the wrong corner etc. and only time will tell if we will see these two great competitors back in the ring together. For the time being though we should all be thankful for the spotlight this fight brought to our sport and whether you are a fan of him personally or not it is time for all of us to tip our hats to the man that is now 48-0 and still the P4P number 1 fighter in the World, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
1. FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.
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